Recruitment #1803-6311-001


This position is open to individuals who are currently post certified as a law enforcement officer in another state or who are currently AZPOST certified. 

The Tucson Police Department (TPD) is looking for motivated and dedicated individuals interested in serving the diverse Tucson Community. Support this growing community by serving with uncompromising integrity and tremendous responsibility to protect life and property though the enforcement of laws and ordinances. 

Tucson, also known as the Old Pueblo, is a growing city of almost one million residents that is rich in culture and well known for its stunning landscape, majestic mountain ranges and accessibility to various outdoor activities. With nearly 350 days of sunshine each year, enjoy the many beautiful parks and experience numerous outdoor activities such as hiking, climbing, biking, and camping.

Established in 1871, the Tucson Police Department is dedicated to providing professional service to, and in partnership with, nearly one million Tucson metropolitan area community members.  The Tucson Police Department enjoys a close collaborative relationship with our community and proudly incorporates community members on review boards, steering committees, and our basic and advanced training academies.

The Tucson Police Department was honored to be selected by the Department of Justice as one of fifteen model agencies of the Advancing 21st Century Policing initiative, a recognition of our commitment to the modernization of law enforcement practices. 

The mission of the Tucson Police Department remains to serve the public in partnership with our community, to protect life and property, prevent crime, and resolve problems.  We stand today as we have for the last 146 years: ready to protect, proud to serve.  Join us.

General Description

Protects life and property through the enforcement of criminal laws, education, crime prevention, communication, and partnerships with the community through patrolling routes, responding to emergency situations and complaints, accident investigations and hostage negotiations.

Essential Functions

Occasionally directs helpers, assistants, seasonal employees, interns, volunteers or temporary employees and may temporarily act in a higher capacity.

Performs patrol duties by traveling through designated areas, searching for suspicious, hazardous, or criminal activity, conducting field interviews with suspected offenders, and making arrests.

Responds to routine and emergency calls by contacting the reporting person and witnesses, and determining the nature of the call, and action to be taken.

Assists with crime prevention by attending public meetings, enforcing criminal and traffic laws, and identifying gang members.

Educates the community by teaching classes at schools, conducting block watch meetings, making public presentations, and answering inquiries regarding legal and safety issues.

Performs related duties by proposing, writing, and reviewing departmental policy, completing statistical reports, training officers, attending court, and participating in department/City process improvement teams.

May perform other assigned duties such as flying airplanes, conducting surveillance for ground units as requested, and instructing training classes, or off road enforcement.

Minimum Qualifications

Minimum Education Level & Type: High School Diploma or G.E.D.

Valid and Unrestricted Class D - Driver's License

Special Job Requirements

Arizona Peace Officer Standards and Training Certification (AZ POST Certified), or ability to obtain through AZPOST waiver process.

Arizona Criminal Justice Information System Network Terminal Operator Certification, or ability to obtain through AZPOST waiver process

At least two (2) years of driving experience

U.S. Citizenship

At least 21 years of age

No felony convictions or drug abuse

Pre-Screen Questionnaire Instructions

The Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire is a fillable web form. You must complete your profile with the City of Tucson AND submit a completed Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire by the deadline to be considered for this job opening.

Completed Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire can only be submitted online. No other form of delivery will be accepted. You will need to type your responses into this web form document and submit into the system when prompted to do so. Please ensure you complete all the questions. You may start and save, to complete and submit at a later time. If you utilize this Save and Close feature, a link will be emailed to you, so you can return to where you left off. Do not return to the original link on this page to complete the questionnaire. Doing so will require you to start over.

Please fully disclose all relevant information on the Preliminary Applicant Questionnaire. Discrepancies and omissions will be uncovered during an exhaustive background investigation and polygraph examination, so it is not in your best interest to be less than truthful. One of the fundamental requirements of working in law enforcement is the ability of an individual to adhere to and demonstrate the highest legal and ethical standards. Unfortunately, it is our experience that a number of applicants will fail due to material omissions or untruthfulness. If you are untruthful, dishonest, knowingly omit, falsify, conceal or obscure required information during any part of the application and hiring process, you will be PERMANENTLY DISQUALIFIED from ever being employed by the Tucson Police Department in ANY capacity.

Selection Plan

Applicants who meet the minimum qualifications will be evaluated on the work experience in their employment profile and the responses to their supplemental questions. The highest scoring applicants will then be invited to participate in an oral board interview.

  • Oral Board Interviews will be held the week of June 25, 2018

*Applicants invited to the Oral Board Interview may interview in person or, if necessary, via GoToMeeting teleconference.  Applicants wishing to participate via GoToMeeting teleconference will need to ensure they have a web camera, microphone, and a reliable internet connection to take advantage of this option.

Upon completion of all examination processes, the highest scoring applicants will be placed on the Civil Service Employment List that will be used to fill vacancies occurring within the next 6 months. An applicant's ranking on the Civil Service list will be based on their final score which will be calculated as:

  • 15% of your rating for education and work experience
  • 85% of your oral board interview

In lieu of attending the Public Safety Academy, applicants who are currently certified as a peace officer in another state may be eligible to obtain the AZPOST certification through the waiver process. To be eligible for this process, candidates must meet the following criteria:

  1. Have previously served as a certified peace officer in Arizona, another state, or federal agency
  2. Have completed basic and advanced training that demonstrates substantial comparability to the Arizona basic course
  3. Obtain an appointment from an Arizona Law Enforcement Agency
  4. Meet all of the minimum qualifications for certification as an Arizona Peace Officer

Candidates must complete the Record of Equivalency Training Form and attach it to their application with all supporting documentation.

Candidates that are offered a position and meet the additional eligibility requirements for the waiver process, must pass the following components the AZ Post Basic assessment to maintain employment with TPD: written exam, firearms qualification, tactical driving qualification, and Peace Officer Physical Aptitude Test (POPAT).

For more information on the waiver test qualifications process and timelines, please visit the AZPOST waiver website. 

Candidates placed on the Employment List will be subject to the following:

  • An extensive background investigation, including local, state and national criminal and fingerprint checks    
  • Driving History
  • A polygraph examination to verify information you have supplied in the background questionnaire 
  • Selected candidates will receive a conditional job offer and must successfully pass pre-employment medical and psychological evaluations.  
  • Candidates must also continue to maintain all physical minimum standards through the duration of this recruitment process.

All probationary employees in this classification are subject to random drug screening during their EIGHTEEN MONTH PROBATIONARY PERIOD with the Tucson Police Department.

Salary will be offered to candidates based on their years of law enforcement experience as provided below:

  • 1-4 years of law enforcement experience - $47,132.80
  • 4-7 years of law enforcement experience - $51,958.40
  • 7+ years of law enforcement experience - $54,392.20


Veterans, Native American, or Disability preference points will be added to the achieved score for those that are placed on the Civil Service Employment List.  If you qualify for Veteran or Native American preference points as outlined in your Employment Profile, you must submit your documentation at the time of the Written Examination. The DD 214 must be a copy that indicates characterization of service.

Applicants requiring an accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act for any of the applicant evaluations must contact the individuals listed below at least 48 hours prior to the particular evaluation.  

Communications throughout this process will be sent exclusively through email. Please ensure your browser accepts emails from jobs@tucsonaz.gov and check your email account regularly. Failure to respond or follow instructions will result in disqualification.  All email inquiries should be directed to Ashley Tellez, 520.837.7755, Ashley.Tellez@tucsonaz.gov or Chalis Ruiz, 520.837.4176, Chalis.Ruiz@tucsonaz.gov.

Pre-employment Medical Testing Requirements

AZ POST Physical

Respirator Physical

Hep A Vaccine/Titer

Hep B Vaccine/Titer

Non-NIDA Drug Test

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To ensure accurate payroll information for tax purposes, the successful candidate will need to provide their original Social Security Card or original letter from the Social Security Administration with their social security number prior to beginning work with the City of Tucson.

The City of Tucson hires lawful workers only - US citizens or nationals and non-citizens with valid work authorization - without discrimination. Federal immigration laws require all employers to verify both the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States. In its efforts to meet the law's requirements, the City of Tucson participates in the E-Verify program established by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to aid employers in verifying the eligibility of workers.

Retired City of Tucson employees receiving benefits from the Tucson Supplemental Retirement System who are considering reemployment with the City should be aware that pursuant to Section 22-37(g) of the Tucson City Code, retirement benefits shall be suspended during the period of reemployment with the City of Tucson unless you have been separated at least twelve consecutive months before returning to work AND you return to a non-permanent employment classification. Creditable service does not accrue during any reemployment period.